The story is still evolving and the script is being written. We know who the main characters are…mostly. There’s a character that we’re struggling with and we’re not sure if the character should be developed. We’ve tried a lot of actors in the casting process and the archetype has been interpreted in many ways. But, this character is always a problem; it’s never the actor’s portrayal. Where does he fit and should he be there?
He has an alarming effect on the female lead. She has trouble being herself around him. Well, that’s not true. The self that comes out of here when that character is onstage is authentic, but not good for her character development. When they are on stage together, she becomes afraid and she likes it. She has trouble being honest and feels like she has something to hide. There is a dark draw and chemistry between the characters, but she spends the next few scenes confused, vulnerable and defeated.
He is scary, demanding, dominant, alluring and brilliant with words. He has a vast imagination. She gets tunnel vision and loses focus. He whispers dark stories in her ear. She wants to obey and hates herself for it. She wants to hang her judgment on a coat rack and stop fighting for once. Give in to the old programming, submit and let someone drive for a while. She wants to give up control and stop white knuckling her life. But when she walks two steps into that door she becomes sick, terrified and unstable.
I think we need to go back to the drawing board and find the source of this character. Locate the root of this dark attraction. The main actress is, at her core, a good girl and she has been written as bad. She keeps trying to be both and can’t force the balance. It doesn’t make her happy.
The archetype for this character is her original tall, dark and crazy. His charisma was like a silk rope that would yank her down a path. The rules were ever changing. What was ok yesterday isn’t ok today. This is a double bind and a no win situation.
We’ve tried to write this character out of the story several times. Don’t know what to do now.